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Jessica Williams Fires Back at Time for Saying She ‘Fired Back’ at Fans


With Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show later this year, correspondent Jessica Williams shut down any speculation that she might be in the running to take over, despite what many of her fans, our reader poll and the film Hot Tub Time Machine 2 have to say about it.

“I’m not hosting,” Williams tweeted Sunday night. “Thank you but I am extremely under-qualified for the job!”

Then, today, she responded to the author of a blog post who had attacked her for what she saw as false humility, urging her to “lean in”:

Williams then tweeted to her followers:

It was a message to those, like Ester Bloom, who were trying to put her in a box and force her to represent all black women. But apparently, Time magazine’s Tessa Berenson took it a different way, tying it directly to her comments about not wanting to take over The Daily Show:

Williams, who did not appreciate the suggestion that she was reacting angrily to her fans, did “fire back,” this time at Berenson:

As of this writing, Berenson has not responded to Williams and the Time headline remains unchanged.

UPDATE – 8:39 pm EST: Time has since updated the post, changed the headline to “Jessica Williams Says She’s ‘Underqualified’ to Host The Daily Show,” and posted this correction:

Correction: The headline and original version of this story misstated who Jessica Williams was responding to in her Twitter messages. She was responding to a writer who criticized her for saying she’s “underqualified” to host The Daily Show.

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